13 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You

1. If we teach small children,
don’t tell us that our jobs are “so cute” and that you wish you
could glue and color all day long.

2. I’m not a marriage counselor.
At parent-teacher conferences, let’s stick to Dakota’s progress,
not how your husband won’t help you around the house.

3. We’re sick of
standardized testing and having to “teach to the

4. Kids used to go out and play after
school and resolve problems on their own. Now, with
computers and TV, they lack the skills to communicate. They don’t
know how to get past hurt feelings without telling the teacher and
having her fix it.

5. When I hear a loud belch, I
remember that a student’s manners are a reflection of his

6. Your child may be the center of your
universe, but I have to share mine with 25 others.

7. Please help us by turning off the
texting feature on your child’s phone during school

8. Guys who dribble a ball for a
couple of hours a game can make up to $20 million a year. We
educate future leaders and make about $35,000 a year.

9. We take on the role of mother,
father, psychologist, friend, and adviser every day. Plus, we’re
watching for learning disabilities, issues at home, peer pressure,
drug abuse, and bullying.

10. Kids dish on your secrets all the
time—money, religion, politics, even Dad’s vasectomy.

11. Please, no more mugs, frames, or
stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Staples would
be more than enough. A thank-you note: even better.

12. We love snow days and
three-day weekends as much as your kid does.

13. The students we remember are
happy, respectful, and good-hearted, not necessarily the
ones with the highest grades.


  1. What a great post, you guys really are awesome for teaching and don't get enough appreciation!

  2. Love the list, but PLEASE don't hold me to #5. I would NEVER belch in public, but Cara thinks it is funny as heck to do it!!

  3. Love number 12. I have my students do a snow dance in my classroom if it about to get bad outside. I pray harder than they do for one!

  4. Number 10 is too funny! What a true list of things!

  5. I love this, what a great post. Must remember these things when I am a parent...

  6. Love this and so true! Congrats on 15 weeks today - tuesdays are both our days, I'm 11 weeks today! Oh how I wish I was at 15; I am ready for that second trimester burst of energy! I'm reallly counting on it to help me get through the school days! Question - when did you tell your kids? I haven't told mine yet...I wasn't sure they would "get" it unless they saw a belly, but a lot of them have younger siblings...how did you tell them??

  7. I love this and am so thankful you posted it. Layla just started kindergarten and I don't wanna be a psycho mommy! HA!

  8. I love it! I'm not a teacher, but I feel like I need to make a SAHM list of things people say that are rude! HA! Also, I know I'm going to be that crazy mommy. Bless K's teacher's hearts!

  9. Amen to number 4! It was great seeing you the other day! You look so cute with your "bump"